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take a look for yourself here, live pictures, washington, d.c., blue skies, the sun is up. the sun is up over the white house here in washington, i'm brooke baldwin. we are live in the nation's capital with cnn special live coverage the day after this historic presidential election. thank you so much for being with me. let me bring you up to speed. moments ago hillary clinton gave her concession speech after her deneat t defeat in the most spectacular and stunning political shakeup
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in modern american history. donald trump will become the 45th president of the united states. hillary clinton lost to a billionaire who has never held public office and who will now be the first political novice to run the most powerful nation in the world since dwight eisenhower won 63 years ago. here was hillary clinton. >> this is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and i'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our count are i. [ applause ] but i feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign in we built together. this vast, diverse, creative, unruly energized campaign. you represent the best of america and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
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[ cheers and applause ] i know how disappointed you feel because i feel it, too. and so do tens of millions of americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. this is painful and it will be for a long time. donald trump is going to be our president. we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don't just respect that, we cherish it. let's go to joe johns in hillary clinton's hometown of chappaqua, new york. joe johns, she said it herself, this is painful, it will be for a long time. we saw some tears from some staffers, hugging those who have been so close and we just learned bush 43, he called her up, didn't he? >> absolutely.
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and i have to say, i was there for a while in the javitz center last night, just a pall came over the room as the returns started coming in and it became clear donald trump was staying close or leading in a lot of states that the clinton campaign expected to do better in. here in chappaqua today it is raining, perhaps apropos. i was struck also today by a number of things in hillary clinton's speech. i think the line about keeping an open mind, giving donald trump a chance to lead, the sense of the president, candidate on the losing end of an election bowing, if you will, to the notion of respecting the office of president of the united states. and she also reached out to those supporters who had expected so much to see the election last night of the first woman president essentially telling name we had not been able to shatter that highest,
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hardest glass ceiling, as she put it, but told them to keep heart. here in chappaqua as well, a lot of shock talking to people in the streets. this is the home of hillary clinton. many people expressing astonishment at what happened last night. interesting, one man i spoke to on the street calling this, among other things, a revolt without guns. so the country has a lot of healing to do and it will be up to donald trump to try to take them along part of the way. brooke? >> point to the line from senator tim kaine, "they killed us but they ain't whooped us yet." thank you, joe johns, in chappaqua in the rain. the transition begins. president obama called donald trump to offer his congratulations. he also invited the president-elect to the white house tomorrow. a short time ago president obama spoke from the rose garden about the results.
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>> i've just received a call from secretary clinton. [ cheers and applause ] she congratulated us -- it's about us -- on our victory and i congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. i mean, she -- she fought very hard. i pledge to every citizen of our land that i will be president for all americans and this is so important to me. [ cheers and applause ] for those who have chosen not to support me the past -- of which there were a few people -- [ laughter ] i'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. >> it's no secret that the
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president-elect and i have some pretty significant differences. but, remember, eight years ago president bush and i had some pretty significant differences. we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. the peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. and over the next few months we are going to show that to the world. the transition plan to assume the role as president of the united states has been delivered now to trump tower. within that plan includes a plan for trump's first 100 days in office. let's go to mj lee who is outside trump tower in new york city, we know, of course, a president has invited the president-elect to this white house come tomorrow. walk me through what we know thus far, mj, of the trump transition.
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>> well, look, brooke, i can tell you that the scene right now outside of trump tower is pretty chaotic. they've actually closed down the sidewalk right outside of the entrance to the building, that's why we're reporting from across the street and there are just tons of spectators here taking their photos, including protesters as well as supporters really just taking in the fact that the man that is inside trump tower behind me is going to be our next president. and, brooke, i was thinking about the last time that i was reporting outside of trump tower, it was about four and a half weeks ago, the day after the "access hollywood" tape had come out, remember trump spent all day the next day huddled inside with his advisors and the fallout from that tape was so serious and it was so close to the election that a lot of republican republicans said "this race is over" including some inside donald trump's campaign. now here we are a month later,
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donald trump defying all expectations, he will be our next president. we did hear earlier parts of donald trump's victory speech. he took a gracious tone, striking a conciliatory tone as well but there is a sense among his topped advisors basically t the media got this wrong. that the people really did not understand the forces driving donald trump's candidacy, i want to play a sound of what trump's campaign ceo steve bannon said earlier this morning. >> if you listen to breitbart news daily, read the pages of breitbart, you're not surprised this morning. the "new york times" and the "washington post" and the "wall street journal" and the financial times of london, you're -- i think for the audiences, because i know they refer to audience members as stupid and don't know what's going on -- >> klansmen, steve, we're all closet klansmen. >> the same thing as brexit,
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they didn't really understand brexit, they didn't understand what the underlying desire for people to have control of their own lives that brexit represented. i think you saw the same thing last night. i'm sorry i didn't get a chance to sit with you. >> and now that he has been elected, brooke, of course, donald trump has a lot of work to do to prepare for the transition and i think a lot of americans across the country are asking the question of can he heal the divides that have been opened during this election? it will be a tough thing for him to do, brooke. >> mj thank you so much. this wave of voters who pro telled trump has given him a republican-controlled senate and a republican-controlled house of representatives and it's expected a conservative supreme court will follow.
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hillary clinton winning the popular vote. you heard donald trump reached out to the millions who supported her. with me now dana bash, david gergen. mary kat ron hammond and washington bureau chief of "usa today" who can put her 10th campaign in the history books. good morning everyone, i know everybody is bleary eyed. we've all stayed up too late. some people are enthralled by the news today and are so excited. others are just working through it. david gergen, let me turn to
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best and the president. and all have been gracious and i think they've seat good tone for opening days, but everybody knows there are a lot of big fights coming. a lot of big fights. >> on the tremendous victory, dana bash, let me turn to you. you were up in the wee hours on
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tv working through all of this, this history that was made and one thing i think it's important pointing out is that through this election cycle, donald trump crushed two political dynasties in the bush family and the clintons. >> that's a really interesting point and a great way to put it, brooke. i didn't think of it that specifically but you're exactly right. in fact, somebody was joking last night that barbara bush had it right all along, that the country doesn't need any more bushes or clintons. from well before her son jeb decided to run. but it speaks to part of the reason, a big part of the reason it appears that hillary clinton didn't win. it's because of the -- as you were just playing from steve bannon talking about the brexit effect. that's what donald trump said was going to happen. that's what his campaign manager said was going to happen and it seemed to have happened that
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people in this country are just so done with -- never mind the dynasty which is the hillary clinton presidency would have effectively been but also just business as usual. things don't get done here. and one of the fascinating data points in some of the exit polls is how many people who voted for trump either don't like him, don't think he has -- don't think he has a very good character and don't think he has the temperament to be president. it was somewhere in the ballpark 206%. that's a huge number. these are people who voted for him to be president and what it says is that they're willing to take the risk with somebody they don't like and somebody they don't necessarily is fit for the job because they think it would still be better than the alternative. >> there you have -- you're talking about the kick in the pants or the message to the establishment in this country.
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you also, though, have these establishment republicans who were none to thrilled about what donald trump were doing, offering susan this olive branch. we mentioned bush 43 called. >> well, the concern donald trump raised during his campaign about the peaceful transfer of power. he talked about the election big rigged. raised a lot of concerns about our constitutional systems. now that he's won, no longer thinks that the election's rigged, but i think the democrats in particular wanted to make the point that we have a system in place, they called him "our president" they didn't call him "your president." they said they want him to succeed. that may only last 24 hours. >> that was my question. does the kumbaya moment extend? >> 16 months of the fiercest campaign in modern history -- >> it was nasty. >> it doesn't get turned off
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like a light switch. but there is possibly an opening for donald trump to become a more inclusive figure than he has been during his very difficult republican primary campaign and this general election. >> but i think that's what -- i think everyone is sifting through what this means and i think one of the biggest question marks mary catherine is, is this going to be the candidate lock her up, build a wall, special prosecutor donald trump or is it that the -- the donald trump who was gracious last night in his speech in new york? who's it going to be? >> first let me say i think it's incumbent upon me and part of the process to say i was wrong. there were so many people who were so that's part of the process is understanding where we misunderstood i thought the appetite for change was huge but that he was not going to have enough of the nuts and bolts to pull it across the line. it turns out the appetite was larger so he broke the rules
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going through the primary process becoming president for that reason, i'm not sure he's excited to say "you guys no better than we do." but there are folks, pence in his orbit, the heritage foundation, a conservative think tank has been working on transition stuff as it did for reagan. the question is who has his ear. i think kellyanne conway has earned it. other people in his circle, he's mercurial. we don't know who he listens to. >> one possibility, and we'll have an entire conversation about transition, but you could have a reince priebus as the chief of staff, you could have paul ryan hang on to his speakership. it's all red in washington. how might that work in terms of governing for donald trump? >> i think you have prospects on the domestic arena that are largely than what hillary clinton first faced. >> how do you mean? >> he's a republican president with a republican house, republican senate. and some of the things he wants to do is to repeal things and
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you can get that done with 50 votes. you don't to get your 60 in the senate to do that and he has paul ryan sitting there with a plan. he can blend in his own thinking about economics. >> but paul ryan is the policy wonk. that's not donald trump. >> but he can deliver the votes. you can get an alliance. i think on the domestic side you can think of that maybe they could be more ambitious than people first thought. i think it's on the international side where there are real issues because he ran against the establishment and normally when you come in you want somebody at state, you want somebody at defense, you want a team underneath him at treasury that, you know, are experienced people, people who go back, who've earned their spurs and who know the international landscape, can pick up the phone and talk to a foreign leader without problems. those people mostly endorsed hillary clinton. they're sort of off the reservation. a lot of them don't want to go work for donald trump. they think he's mercurial,
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they're not sure they want to be there. and you have foreign nations looking at -- he turned a lot of american foreign policy upside down in this campaign, on nato, he's skeptical of nato but embraced putin. and on the question of north korea -- south korea and japan. there are many, many issues, mexico. there are many issues on the foreign policy side that are complicated. he's going to start getting his briefings, we understand, his intelligence briefingings -- >> as early as today. >> they'll start right up and he'll have to figure out very quickly who do i want running these things? who am i going to listen to on the foreign policy side, that will be complex. we have so much to talk to in terms of transition team, who he wants to communicate with, policy, international, domestic. dana, if i may turn to you, not only are you our political stud here at cnn, you're a mom and listen, we've all been in touch with other parents and some kids are thrilled that donald trump is the president-elect and then you're also hearing from parents who are throwing their arms
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around their little daughters because they're weeping and they can't believe she didn't win. i'm just curious how we as a country, those folks,s specially who are sad over the loss for hillary clinton that she didn't shatter the ceiling. how do you talk to your son? how should we be talking to our children? >> it's so funny that you ask me that question because just before i came on with you i was reading an e-mail my best friend from college karen malkin sent me from the head of her kids' school. she has three kids and it went into answering that exact question and just to boil it down, it is this is how it works, this is democracy, this is why we live in the best country on the planet because when people rise up, they do it with their votes. and that's what happened. and maybe depending on the age of the child, they're too young to understand that but they will eventually. and it is, of course, a heart break for all of the people exowexwho took their daughters and sons because they were voting for the
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first female president and they wanted their kids to be a part of that but they're something bigger than the gender and that's the message that parents will be giving to their kids to explain that sometimes democracy is messy but the fact that all these leaders, including the current president of the united states came out today to say it's a peaceful transition, we'll get behind our new president and hope he does well is something we should be proud of as americans. >> and i think republicans and democrats would agree with the line in hillary clinton's speech today when she was talking to young people, she said "many of you are at the beginning of your personal and professional lives, but fighting for what's right is worth it." thank you all so much. coming up, we'll talk to one of president obama's long time advisors. also ahead, van jones getting a lot of reaction after calling
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this election quote/unquote white-lash as part of our election coverage on cnn, we'll discuss that with van and first lady melania trump. new details on how the white house is preparing for the new first family. i'm brooke baldwin, we are live in washington, d.c. and you are watching cnn special live coverage. whoa, this is awful, try it. oh no, that looks gross what is that? you gotta try it, it's terrible. i don't wanna try it if it's terrible. it's like mango chutney and burnt hair. no thank you, i have a very sensitive palate. just try it! guys, i think we should hurry up. if you taste something bad, you want someone else to try it. it's what you do. i can't get the taste out of my mouth! if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. shhh! dog, dog, dog.
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welcome back. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. we have new numbers here. all precincts reporting in minnesotament it appears hillary clinton has won that state. another update, donald trump has won the second congressional district in nebraska, so that brings the electoral vote count now to 290 for trump and 228 for clinton. donald trump's stunning win sent global markets into a brief overnight freefall but they have stabilized by now. here in the united states early stock losses have all been evaporated so let's go to alison kosik, he was on the floor of the exchange since the crack of down this morning. the rallying which is obviously good news, why the turnaround, do you think? >> yeah, you know, it's
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interesting. 236 points is the upside for the dow. definitely not what i expected to see today when my eyes fell out of my head during those returns coming in when we saw futures for the dow fouli infal points. i think what's happening here is that now that a trump presidency has had time to sink in investors are weighing what a republican congress and president mean for a low tax pro growth and low regulatory landscape, one that can be beneficial to stocks and business. one analyst is putting it this way -- if the brexit was a 10 on the earthquake scale, this is a five or a six. still, though, i wouldn't get complacent because we could see massive swings between now and inauguration day depending on what investors learn about where president-elect trump stands on policies. and we've seen a big swing lower with the mexican peso falling to an all-time low because of fears trump will undo nafta. as for the fed, it's been looking for a rate hike for some
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time now and could be hiking next month but analysts say it could depend on the market whether it's volatile or not. i'm talking about wild swings. the fed could decide to hold off raising rates as everyone is thinking it will do in just a few weeks. brooke? >> alison, thank you so much. meantime, tomorrow donald trump is expected to step into the white house for the first time as president-elect. an invite from president obama to the man he once called "temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief." so i want to bring in bill burton, former white house press secretary for president barack obama and kevin madden is with me, partner for hamilton place strategies and republican strategist. gentlemen, nice to have both of you on. billet me start with you, to be a fly on the wall of this meeting at the white house between the president and
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president-elect. you know president obama, walk me through the meeting tomorrow. how does president obama say congratulations but please don't chip away at my eight years here? >> well, i don't think that will be a part of the conversation. i think the president will take this seriously. when we came into the white house in 2009, president bush and his team were very open and welcoming and helpful as we made the transition into the white house and i think president obama is committed to that down and wants to lay that down for president-elect trump. for trump, i think -- you know, i was in college back in the 1900s when jesse ventura was elected governor of minnesota and people thought that was going to be a crazy thing. i was at the election night party. they cut off the alcohol because it got so crazy but when jesse ventura became governor he took it seriously and did nominate moderate judges and did the best he could. i think president-elect trump will do the same thing. i would imagine him in that meeting is going to be putting
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forth his best face possible and we'll see the beginning of the peaceful transfer of power. >> okay, kevin -- >> by the way, bill said 1900s, right? he's not that old. >> i think he said 1900s. >> it was the 1900s. >> you're looking good for being as old as you say you are, 116 years old. >> i don't feel good. >> kevin madden, with this transition, listening to president earlier in the rose garden, he said it's like a race and we each run our leg and i'm passing off the baton. he was saying how professional the previous administration, the bush administration, had been with him. how, though, might this obama-to-trump transition be more challenging, more difficult? >> i think one of the problems right now is that you have an administration that's been up and running for eight years. they know the ins and outs of the government. they know the day to day pressures that face a potential administration. whereas you have a campaign which is focused on the -- this
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24-hour cycle, then the next. so it's been five yards in a cloud of dust for them in the last year and a half. now they have to think about how they'll plot out and plan a four-year administration. if you think of the size of the government right now, 16 cabinet agencies, 400 subagencies. 4,000 political appointees that president-elect trump is going to have to consider. the magnitude of that will become clear right away. >> bill, do you think it would behoove him to choose folks he trusts, the giulianis, christies, sessions, flynns of the world or should it be republican veterans who know washington?
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>> well, i wouldn't choose rudy giuliani to do anything but he is close to president-elect trump. you need people who understand washington who can help move the levers of government the way you need them moved and he's going to go through a rough patch. people talked about the investigations hillary clinton was going to be under but people need to understand that president-elect trump was being watched by the fbi for his ties to russia, the irs was looking into his foundation. he's going to have his own legal problems and having a team he can work with and can bring him through that will be important for him, too. >> let me stay with you quickly, bill. is there anything in these final weeks that president obama could do to sort of safeguard anything he's done before a president-elect trump steps foot in this house? >> you know. i think there's a limited amount that you can do as president to
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protect your legacy after you're no longer in office because anything you do, be it an executive order or something -- proclamation can be easily undone by the person who comes after you so/think the president will be thoughtful about the things he wants to get done before he leaves office and he will take these last months seriously and do everything he can before he gets out the door but once president-elect trump is in the white house he has the keys. >> can i make a point on that? it's interesting, you have president obama who has a 55% approval rating, president of the united states and you have donald trump coming in, probably the highest unfavorable -- disapproval ratings of anybody who is assuming the office and the person with the more political capital right now is donald trump. so i think it's -- it would be hard for president obama to get anything done with a new congress coming in that will have republicans controlling the house, republicans controlling the senate. >> but the question then is in
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reverse, kevin. what could a then-president trump do immediately to overturn? i mean, he keeps talking about repeal and replace obamacare, although i'm listening for details on what they'll replace it with. what will you be looking with? >> areas of common agreement. you heard nancy pelosi talk about how she wants to do something on infrastructure and potentially some tax reform. that's come from the republican side so infrastructure and tax reform is something that i think donald trump, president-elect donald trump is going to be putting on top of his agenda. there will be a focus on obamacare, there will be a focus on immigration as well but that's one area where if you're looking for common ground and where you have a lot of support from the public, that's one area. >> kevin and bill, thank you both. gentlemen, appreciate it on this day after the election. coming up next, the raw emotion, the joy, the fear, the jubilation, the depression that has all come with a heated election like this one. we were talking about this a moment ago, some parents facing tough, tough questions today.
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welcome back, we're live in washington, d.c., i'm brooke baldwin, thank you for being with me. it was an extraordinary win for donald trump. after running a campaign that defied pretty much any sort of political rule and despite pundits and these polls doubting him, the reality star businessman turned politician is now the president-elect of the united states. so how did he pull it off? mike shields is joining me. he's a former chief of staff at the rnc. van jones is with us, a cnn political commentator who supported hillary clinton. paris dennard supported donald trump. kirsten powers is a political analyst and columnist at "usa
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today." so welcome to all of you on this day after election day. congratulations to you, sorry to you. [ laughter ] but you know we were all with everyone watching last night, all the coverage last night on cnn and i would like to begin with you, sir, on a moment that has been shared thousands -- >> millions. >> millions of times over. if you missed it, here you go. >> this was a white-lash. this was a white-lash against a changing country, it was a white-lash against a black president in part. and that's the part where the pain comes and donald trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people that he is going to be the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside. >> what did you mean by that? >> i meant exactly what i said. throughout the western democracies right now there is a black lash brewing.
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it's nativist, it's populist, it's often xenophobic. we are expecting the working classes throughout the west to absorb an awful lot of change really fast demographically, geo politically et cetera and you're seeing this reaction and this is a part of that. brexit is a part of that. and so we have been talking all night. that was 1:00 in the morning and we had talked about everything, we had talked about gender, we talked about region, we talked about income, we talked about twitter and we hadn't talked about the elephant in the room so somebody needed to do that. there are two different kinds of grass-roots. you're in touch with one, i'm in touch with the other. there's a grass-roots that's very happy about trump and a grass-roots that's very afraid. i've heard from muslim parents all day afraid to send their daughters to school with their hijabs on. i've talked to latino families all day afraid they're going don sent out of the country tomorrow so somebody had to speak to that pain and i was proud to do it.
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>> as a trump supporter, how would you respond? >> i think i'm in the community as well and i'm getting e-mails and texts from people saying as an african-american i am proud to say i voted for donald trump. i have friends that are mexican americans who said, you know what, i didn't like the rhetoric he used but he's our president now so we have to move forward. i think what mr. trump tapped into, not necessarily this two americas but it's the fact that there are a lot of americans who feel left behind. these are african-americans, these are white americans in appalachia, these are people in the rust belt who feel left behind by the system and feel like they've been failed by washington, d.c. mr. trump spoke directly to them and i think the results last night showed that he tapped into that. that's why he got 8% of the african-american vote when many said he'd get zero. that's why despite the rhetoric that came about with respect to hispanics and mexicans and the wall he got 29% which was better than mitt romney. i think he tapped into a universal cry for help, for change and for something to make
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america great again and the american people responded. >> the country is divided, i think this is the perfect example of seeing that. people are hurt, people are elated then, of course, to your point about kids. we just had that conversation with dana bash, little girls have been crying, i thought hillary clinton was going to do it. you're an auntie, how do we talk to the young ones? and how do we bridge this awful divide? >> well, look, first of all it's important to say when you're wrong so i wanted to say i was wrong. >> you're the second person to sit in that seat saying that. >> it's important to say that and to say we need to listen a little more. and so i think we have relied on, frankly, a political system that has worked -- i've been analyzing elections since 2004 and pretty much every time the polls have born oe out the way thought they were going to. they didn't this time but there were a lot of people say they weren't going to and i wasn't
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listening to them so i need to say that. i think that what van is talking about is a real thing. a lot of my friends are in a lot of pain right now so that is something donald trump needs to address but we also need to be realistic about the fact that there are white people that are in a lot of pain as well. a lot of white men in particular. we know that they are suffering more from prescription drug addiction and more suicide so i think we need to take that seriously. but we also have to recognize that part of what is driving this is sort of a nostalgia vote so you have a lot of white voters are very -- >> what do you mean by that? >> they're uncomfortable with the way the country is changing. gay marriage, black president. i'm not suggesting they're homophobic or that they hate black people. that's not what i'm saying. there's been a lot of studies on the evangelical white vote, for example, that they weren't voting obviously for somebody who was a strong christian, they were voting for somebody who said we're going to go back, we're going to go back to the way it used to be back when you were dominant and you didn't have to compete with other people.
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so that's another thing that is going to have to be addressed. mike, you're shaking your head, why? >> when he says make america great again, there was no time reference to that. my grandfather was able to put his children through college, he was able to give them a down payment for their home and pay for their first car. my mother wasn't able to do that for me. i've had to work for everything i've ever received in my life so there's a time in a lot of americans' lives. look, more african-americans own homes during the great depression than now so there's a time period when america was great for you so it's personal so for more african-americans that could have been a couple years ago, that could have been 20 years ago but the narrative this is somehow bringing us back to slavery -- >> nobody said anything about slavery. >> that's what the narrative was. >> it actually isn't. >> that's not what anybody is saying. the person that i'm citing -- >> when you talk about kkk values. >> i never said that. >> tim kaine said that. >> but we're trying to have an actual conversation. >> he's not trying to have an
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actual conversation. >> don't say that, van, i am having an actual conversation. >> you're talking over her. you keep talking over her. >> you talk over people all the time. >> there's a person, robert jones, he studies religious voters and he studied the evangelical white vote and he wrote a book called "the end of white christian america." he's not anti-christian, not anti-white, he is a white man who said in talking to these voters that they have decided no longer are they going to say character matters or that you need to be a christian, that they want somebody that will store their place in the country as being the dominant culture. >> i'm listening to this and mike shields, mike shields, i'm reaching over to you. whose party is this now? is it donald trump's party? >> i think that's a good transition for what i was going to say here. i have a great deal of respect for van, what he said last night was identifying an element of the election. there's a lot of racial splits when you look at the demographics although donald trump did much better with hispanics, especially in florida, than people would have
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predicted so you're talking about how we bring people together. it's okay to talk about specific segments but not paint with a broad brush. there are some republicans after barack obama got elected that wanted to say he was a socialist and look at these elements of the democrat party. there's a lot of that going on. there are millions of americans who don't fit the definition of what's being talked about who voted for donald trump. there's republican activists who are out -- they have a tremendous ground game at the rnc, tremendous. beat the democrats on the ground at the rnc staffed by republican volunteers who don't fit the definition of wanting to depart muslims or being racist or a white-lash or whatever you want to call it. these are republican voters. so if you want to bring people together we have to paint with a broad brush. you can analyze these things but let's not call a whole party a certain name based upon certain things certain people have said. that's the first -- if you don't want to bring people together and we just want to fight, we'll
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do that. >> let me say a couple things. i think i'm the only national democrat that said from the beginning that donald trump was real and could win. after brexit i think i'm the only national democrat that said listen, this guy is real and can win. i think i'm the only national democrat that in the middle of the campaign was going into battleground, sitting down with trump voters in their homes breaking bread and talking trying to find common ground. so common ground can be identified but we have to speak honestly and when you have a candidate who on the one hand -- i agree with you it's like an inkblot test if you say make america great again and different people interpret it different ways but part of the responsibility of leadership is to take responsibility for people who may be alarmed and to reassure them and there's very little reassurance. >> van, i think republicans have been honest. i work at a republican super pac. we said from day one there's things about republicans running for congress that are different
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from our nominee. one thing you didn't see in the democratic party is about how terrible hillary clinton was and how terrible she was. >> really? i said it. >> on this and many things your democrat friends should listen to you more because you didn't hear it from the democrat establishment. >> there was a massive fight in the democratic primary between democrats who didn't think hillary clinton was the best and ask i candidate. >> or honest and trustworthy. >> party's divided, country's divided. >> you are now in a very different position than you were 24 hours ago and for at least the next four if not the next 40 years you're going to be in a different position and my request to you is since you are in a position to be that bridge builder it's hard for us to do what he said. he said don't paint with a broad brush. they didn't show my whole statement. i said in part it was a white-lash.
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i gave credit that it was also a rebellion against elites and a revolution when it comes to polling and in part a racial issue and a white las-lash. if you only say "no, our party is 100% pure of that" and my party says "we are 100% pure with know leetism." my party is rife with elitism. i've said before, during and after but i need a partner on your side who might be willing to admit at least one person in the republican party motivated by racial animus. >> i want to hear you respond to that and then we have to go. appreciate you admitting the faults. >> i think the media has incorrectly tried to pigeon hole -- >> but this is not us talking about the media. i'm giving you free airtime. >> i will tell you this, fragile communities are hurting all across this country and there are many republicans that are african-american that are white, hispanic, hurting. mr. trump spoke to that cause.
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there are republicans, there are elements of the republican party that do not ascribe to some of the things that i would hold dear to my heart as being a reagan republican or lincoln republican but that's not the whole party. when you see the many people who came out to vote for him that looked like me, that look like you, that might be democrats they said aside from all that we believe and we want change. >> my two take aways listening to this whole conversation, we all need a mirror. we need to take a look at ourselves and we need to listen more au more. thank you all so much. appreciate it. coming up, it's a position you don't want to be in, the person who just lost this massive election. we'll speak live to the man who wrote a book on the runners up and perhaps where their minds might be the days, the weeks, the months after such a loss. new insight into how the white house staff is preparing for president trump, a first lady melania. we'll be back after this.
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welcome back, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. hillary clinton, she had plans to deliver a victory speech last night around glass ceiling that was set to actually shatter at the javits convention center in new york. it was a symbol of this historic moment that would be but was not. supporters waited there until 2:00 in the morning waiting for the confetti, waiting for the fireworks but in the end the glass ceiling was still intact. hillary clinton gave her concession speech just a short while ago. >> to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. >> hillary clinton also promised to keep fighting for what she believes in and said she would cooperate with the new president-elect. but for hillary clinton, the question now becomes what is
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next? let's ask scott ferris, he is the author of "almost president, the men --" in this case the woman " -- who lost the race but changed the nation." and kate anderson brower is here, author of "first women." great talking to you here this day after the election day. but, scotts, here is a woman that came so close to winning the white house not once but twice, that's historic in and of itself. can you walk me through the arc of losing and what's next? >> thank you, brooke, it's a great pleasure to be here especially with kate whose writing i admire a great deal. probably what's next is hillary clinton will disappear for a while. remember in 2,000 when al gore won the popular vote but lost the election he dbasically grewa beard and went off to think about what he wanted to do next in life. i don't think hillary clinton will be growing a beard but i think she'll be disappearing and thinking about what she wants to go next with her career.
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she is about ready to turn 70 so she will probably maybe not be in politics again as a candidate so she's probably try to find a role for herself and the question is what kind of role will she be allowed to have? a lot of times losing presidential candidates because their followers are disappointed and the party out of power is looking to somebody else, she may not have much of a voice given her special status as a former first lady and secretary of state but they'll want to go somewhere else so it will be a struggle for hillary clinton to find a forum where she can make her views known and be part of the ongoing dialogue. >> kate, let me turn to you and ask you about the president-elect and family who will be right there in just a couple of weeks. you've been in touch with white house staffers. what are they saying to you about the trumps? >> i reached out to a couple staffers, these butlers, maids who i grew to know from my first book and i think they're generally hopeful that they can work with the new family. there's an intense allegiance to
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the american presidency but there's also some concern, a lot of them are african-american and hispanic and there is a concern, they think wait and see how we're treated. there are certain rooms in the white house that you cannot change without getting the curator staff to approve of it. even on the second and third floor is in the family's private residence so for instance the idea that donald trump could come in and bling the whole place out and look nothing like we know it, that's not possible. >> got to get permission. but back on your point about staffers around the white house. do they stay through different administrations or in this case would she new staff? >> they typically stay through. the chief usher stays through for decades. they can say for as long as they're willing to and they've been planning for this transition for 18 months. the chief usher has binders on the two nominees with lists of changes that can be made, lists of staff, photos for each staffer so that the first lady
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and president aren't surprised by someone wandering in their bedrooms. everything is planned perfectly and i'm amazed at the true commitment these people have. they are concerned. when bush left they loved h.w. when he left they got the republican flu, they called it because when clinton came in some of them called out sick so they're still human, they have some emotions depending on their allegiance. >> what about melania? the soon to be first lady and she came from her upbringing and the fact she'll be in this role of a public servant. >> she was raised in yugoslavia under dictator tito, a communist dictator. she grew up in a soviet bloc apartment building. it was difficult for michelle obama at the beginning to find an apolitical issue. we saw her talk about cyber bullying and getting pilloried in the press for that so it's hard for her to pick something that won't make enemies on one side or the other but she's
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ultra traditional and she's the first first lady to have posed nude but yet i think she'll take us more back to a 1950s housewi housewife. >> you do. >> yeah. >> scott, back to hillary clinton. how do you think -- what's her mind-set tonight this first full day to perhaps breathe after this whirlwind two years for her but at the same time having the loss sink in? >> i'm sure she's shattered. i'm sure she's devastated by the loss. it's a tremendously emotional experience for losing candidates. they all talk about how -- almost all of them go in thinking they're going to win and hillary clinton probably had more reason to think that than most and to have your to have your life's ambition turn to ashes in front of you is devastating and that's true virtually every losing candidate in history. henry clay said i'd rather be right than president but we know he was fibbing. he would much rather